Friday, February 23, 2018

Query: Stefan Arch, Austria & Indiana

            My great grant uncle Stefan Arch was born 9 June 1881 in Ploesch, Gottschee, Austria.

He was naturalized on 9 May 1916, in Indiana, USA.

            I would like to find out more about him and his descendants. Could you help me please. Thank you. Kind regards

Mrs. Brunhilde Dorbecker (nee Arch)

803 Summervilles Rd

Thora via Bellingen, 2454 NSW, Australia

Query: Rulo & Edna Conrad, Kokomo, Indiana

            Looking for information on Rulo Conrad and his wife Edna,  whom I believe was the founder of Kokomo Bale Ties.  Any info appreciated.  Thank you.

Betty Schanne

34 Maidstone Place

Southampton, NJ 08088

Query: James Fields & Mary King, Gibson County

            I am looking for information on 2nd g-grandparents James Fields (b: Indiana 25 Mar 1831, d: Illinois 21 Feb 1868) and Mary King (b: abt 1834 Indiana, d: bef 1888 Illinois) 

            They were married in Gibson County, IN, on 29 Aug 1852, and moved to Wayne County, Illinois soon after. 

             I am looking for the names of their parents or other family members.  I believe their first daughter Sarah was born in Indiana in 1854. Thanks

Ken Fields

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Databases: 11 Indiana Counties

The Indiana Genealogical Society website now has 2,101 databases, including at least 9 databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties. Here are latest the premium databases (accessible only to IGS members) that we've added.

County Records: 

Cass County 
- Logansport High School students & teachers (1925)

Grant County 
- Rigdon Methodist Church history (1857-1957)

Jefferson County 
 - Hanover phone directory (1951)

Kosciusko County
- Clay Township District School 6 students (1901)

Lawrence County 
- Students and teachers grades 1-12 in Oolitic schools (1950)

Madison County 
- Anderson High School graduates (1955)

Porter County
- Valparaiso High School students (1910)

Putnam County 
- Cloverdale High School graduates (1959)

Rush County 
- Rushville High School seniors (1933)

Switzerland County 
- Vevay phone directory (1956)

Tippecanoe County 
- Battle Ground High School students & teachers (1924); alumni (1896-1923)

IGS members can access these and all of the other databases by logging in. Not a member? Join today! You'll enjoy access to more than 2,100 databases, discounts on IGS conference registration, and more!

11th grade, Logansport High School, 1925.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Query: Queen Family, Daviess County

            My name is Melissa Queen and I am a History Graduate student (and full time high school history teacher) at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. As I approached the end of my graduate courses, I decided to take a genealogy course titled “The Story of My Family” with Dr. Sarah Fanning.

            I have utilized a wide variety of sources to trace my family history all the way back to the Revolutionary era, but the story that caught my attention begins in  Indiana. The story of my disowned great aunt Elva Elizabeth Queen. 

            That being said I was wondering if your society could point me in the right direction of gaining the birth, marriage, or death records of my relatives. Since my location is in Texas, a physical visit in to the archives or records isn’t possible at the moment, any assistance you could provide would be much obliged. Thank you so much for your time and efforts!

            Below is a list of the family members I am seeking records for further assistance: (** most vital)

Sarah Jane Andis (Sarah Jane Queen/Sarah Jane Shrout/Sarah Jane Holt) - March 9, 1858 (died in Oklahoma)

**Melvin Jacob Queen - November 19, 1887 - Odon, Daviess County, Indiana (died Ft.Worth, Texas)

**Elva Elizabeth Queen - September 15, 1884 - Epsom, Daviess County, Indiana (died in Ada, Idaho)

James C. Queen - March 27, 1860 (born in Martin Indiana) - Died Daviess County, April 8, 1931

Query: Reuben and Pricilla Ventes, Orange County

            I need the Marriage Record for:

Reuben Ventes and Pricilla (in 1830 Orange County, Indiana Census with 4 persons under 20.)

Reuben Ventis (Ventes), born 1800 Virginia

Pricilla Ventis, born 1820 (maiden name unknown)

Doris R. Martinson

Knox County Archives, Manager & Archivist

500 West Church Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37902

Query: Judkins James, Koscuisko County

            I'm searching for Judkins JAMES. I'm trying to find out when he was born, died & where buried & any other info on him. I hope you can help me with my brick wall.

    Here's what I have:

    Judkins JAMES b: abt 1830, OH - Civil War 74th Indiana Regiment Company K, Enrolled at Warsaw, IN 18 Aug 1862, Discharged at Indianapolis, IN 21 Jun 1863, Disability - Married: Mary BASS (my 3rd Great G-ma), she married a 2nd time to Theodore Louis CUMMINGS 22 May 1869, Kosciusko Co., IN,(known) Children of Judkins & Mary are Martha J. & Angeline JAMES. 

            I have searched all records here in Kosciusko Co, IN & haven't found much on Judkins JAMES. What I have found is on my public tree on Ancestry: Tristen A Barr Family Tree. I'll be glad to send a check to help cover expenses & your time. Thank you so much & have a great day.

              I’m a  volunteer at Kosciusko County Indiana Historical Society, so if you need any help researching here in Kosciusko Co., IN I can help.

Mary Kester

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Free Databases: Civil War, plus 8 Counties

Through the Indiana Genealogical Society's Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, organizations from around the state have digitized materials and made them available for free on the IGS website. Here are the latest additions.

Civil War

All of these were contributed by the General Van Rensselaer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Grand Army of the Republic Annual Encampment (1917)
- Grand Army of the Republic Members Who Died in Indiana (1916)
- Grand Army of the Republic Officers in Indiana (1923)
- Grand Army of the Republic Officers in Indiana (1925)
NOTE: The GAR was an organization of honorably discharged Union veterans.

Clay County

Both of these were contributed by the Clay County Genealogical Society.
- City Directory of Brazil, Clay County, Indiana (1904)
- Directory of Landowners in Clay County, Indiana (1904)

Fountain County

This yearbook was contributed by the Covington-Veedersburg Public Library.
- Yearbook of Covington High School, Fountain County (1939) 

Hancock County

This yearbook was contributed by the East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.
- Yearbook of Charlottesville Schools, Hancock County (1950)

Henry County

This yearbook was contributed by the East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.
- Yearbook of New Castle High School, Henry County, Indiana (1933)

Lake County

This book was contributed by the Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society.
- Members of American Legion Auxillary, Whiting, Lake County, Indiana (1938)

Morgan County

This yearbook was contributed by Ten O'Clock Treaty Line Museum.
- Yearbook of Martinsville High School, Morgan County (1909)

Orange County

These listings were contributed by the Paoli Public Library.
- Members of Newton Stewart Homecoming Association (1943)
- Members of Newton Stewart Homecoming Association (1945)

Parke County

These yearbooks were contributed by the Parke County Historical Society.
- Yearbook of Montezuma High School, Parke County (1929)
- Yearbook of Montezuma High School, Parke County (1930)
- Yearbook of Montezuma High School, Parke County (1939)

Does your library, archive, museum, or society have genealogical materials like these that need digitized? Consider applying for an Indiana Genealogy Digitization grant, which includes a laptop computer, scanner, and related accessories. Details and application form can be found on the IGS website.

New databases, including these football players from New Castle High School in Henry County, 1933.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Seeking Nominations for IGS Central Districts

Are you a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society? Do you want to help IGS achieve its goals of helping people discover their Hoosier roots and helping preserve Indiana genealogy? If so, consider running for the IGS Board of Directors.

In 2018, IGS will elect the directors for the central districts:
  • West Central (Clay, Fountain, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion, and Vigo counties)
  • Central (Boone, Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Tipton counties)
  • East Central (Delaware, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, and Wayne counties)
The District Directors are elected for a 3 year term and represent the counties in their district. They attend the quarterly board meetings. They prepare a report for the board and coordinate with the county genealogists in their district to report on the activities in their district and act as a liaison between the board and the counties.

If you are interested in serving on the IGS board, please contact IGS President Rhonda Stoffer at

Query: Death Certificates, Wabash County

            Where do I write to acquire a 1877 death certificate. The person died in Wabash, Wabash County. Thank you

K. Joan Benoit

58 Belmont Avenue

Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 2N3


Query: Julia A. Orchard, Boone/Clinton Counties

            I am looking to find information on Julia A. Orchard. Born abt 1834 in Indiana.  She died 24 Nov 1873- I believe but could be wrong.  As of the 1870 Federal census, she, her husband William F. Cooley, and children James M., Eliza "Lydia", William D., Thomas A., John Henry, Oliver P., Frank E. and Story Wilbur were living in Sugar Creek, Boone County, Indiana.

            By 1880 census her husband and most of their children are in Perry, Clinton, Indiana, but, her husband is marked as divorced. I am trying to locate any information on her.  She is my "brick wall".  Thank you for any assistance or advice you can provide.

Erin Muscarella

8416 Woodward Street

Savage, MD 20768